It’s close to a busy day Monday again in Lagos and Abuja, after enduring a rigid lockdown since March 30th due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After several complaints from citizens that it is imperative to go about their daily means of survival to sustain themselves in the wake of these trying times, the presidency finally yielded.
It should be recalled that on April 27th President Muhammadu Buhari announced the ease of the lockdown to take effect from May 4th, 2020. While quite a number of elite Nigerians remain befuddled concerning the decision of the President, a good number of businesses were excited to kick off from where they started.
Food production companies, construction companies, banks, pharmaceutical industries, neighbourhood markets and the likes have been permitted to resume work within a specific time frame and staff of 30% to 50% to maintain social distancing.
Ideally, it will not be wise for any business to open considering how fast the virus spreads but here we are. So what now? If you are a business owner resuming work, or a worker mandated to resume, you might want to take the tips below seriously.
Provision And Use Of Face Mask/ Sanitizers: To ensure safety in the workspace business owners must provide sanitizers and facemasks to keep their staff safe. Face masks are loose-fitting masks used to cover the nose and mouth. Despite the varieties of face masks loitering around, it is important to use one recommended by the Food And Drug Administration (FDA). As you go about your business today, ensure you have one with you and follow the right procedure before wearing such as;
- Wash your hands well with soap and water or sanitize your hands before wearing your mask.
- Are you wearing it properly? Ensure that the side of the mask which has a stiff bendable edge is on the outer side while the white side touches your face.
If you are a staff, ensure that you have a facemask and sanitizer in your bag always especially for those who journey to and fro work with public transport.
No Hugs or Close Talks: Yes the break was long and overdue, and you probably missed your colleagues so much, but now is not the time to give hugs and pecks in the office space. Maintain social distancing 100%. Do not move over from one cubicle to another trying to catch up on how they spent their break. If there is a need to pass information, business owners can use social apps like Slack, Whatsapp or better still write on the whiteboard for everyone to see.
On behalf of everyone at Folio.ng, please stay safe!